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US and China agree to ease visa restrictions for journalists

The United States and China have agreed to relax visa restrictions on journalists from each country after they were tightened last year amid deteriorating bilateral relations, a US State Department spokesman said Tuesday.

The announcement came a day after US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met virtually for their first summit talks as leaders of their respective countries. According to an official of the Biden administration, the visa issue was not discussed between them.

Last year, the two countries took head-to-head measures to curb the media sector, with China expelling American journalists who worked for a number of major American newspapers and the administration of then-President Donald Trump limiting visas for Chinese journalists to 90. to dawn.

Under the latest agreement, the United States and China will issue one-year visas to journalists from the other country. Beijing has also agreed to allow American journalists already in China to leave and return freely, something they could not do before.

“We welcome this progress, but just see it as first steps,” the State Department spokesman said, adding that the United States will continue to work to expand access and improve conditions for U.S. and other foreign media, and advocate media freedom as a reflection of its democratic values.